The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 19, 2013

Enid Farmers Market preparing for 5th season starting in May

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Farmers Market is preparing for its fifth season starting in May, and Corey Groendyke said it will be refocusing on some of its original goals.

“We’re interested in people who want to be an active participant in Farmers Market in any capacity,” Groendyke said. “Whether it’s marketing, promotion, onsite or someone who wants to be there working the information table on Saturday. We are definitely looking to expand the board, and are keeping our options open to the general population.”

Groendyke said there may be someone out there who is passionate about Farmers Market, and who is willing to be an advocate for the market and the things it supports. Groendyke said supporters are trying to take the market to the next level, by not only focusing on the market, but also by staying true to core principles, which help educate the community on healthier living and healthier eating.

She plans to start with a Facebook campaign today related to Farmers Market,  devoted to a healthier lifestyle.

“It’s amazing how people think just because a label says all ‘natural’ it is healthy, when it isn’t,” Groendyke said. “We will really expand that aspect of the market.”

Groendyke said Farmers Market wants to expand the number of vendors. In recent years, the number of vendors has slightly declined due to the drought and high temperatures. She said it is difficult to have a fruitful market during drought conditions.

“We want people to know Farmers Market is here to stay and committed to our core principles, including education,” she said.

“As the season progresses, we will hit Facebook pretty heavily with information, as we get our feet wet in season five. We will expand into cross education and on the local fitness beat as well.”

The date for the annual GreEnid event has been set for June 22, and this year the entire event will be in keeping with the past theme. It will focus heavily on education, recycling and local recycling opportunities, Groendyke said. Those recycling opportunities are critical not only to the local environment, but also to the environment of the nation.

Regardless of whether a product is in season or not, Enid Farmer’s Market is here to support the community in all aspects, and to provide local fresh food, Groendyke said.

“We’re here through thick and thin. Bring on the drought and bring on the flood. It doesn’t matter if we have 1,100 people a week, or if we have Oklahoma-grown tomatoes the first week we’re open,” she said.

Groendyke became even more interested in education as her girls, now 5, 7 and 9, began to grow. She said they need to know what is in their food. There are occasional events that provide opportunities to educate them, she said.

Groendyke said it is not Farmers Market’s desire to make people feel bad about the way they eat. Organizers want to provide information for the community they are invested in, so people can make their own choices.

“We love Enid,” Groendyke said.